MScSM Program Director - Dr. Shashi Kant


Dr.Shashi Kant is Director of Master of Science in Sustainability Management (MScSM) Program. In addition to his administrative duties, he teaches two courses in the program; most fittingly, the first and last core courses; SSM1010Y - Principles of Sustainability Management and SSM1090H - Capstone: The Sustainable Enterprise.

Shashi is also Professor of Forest Resource Economics and Management at the Faculty of Forestry, with emphasis on economics of sustainable forest management.


His research has been focused on extending the boundaries of forest economics beyond the economics of timber. He has published five books and more than 100 refereed journal articles and book chapters. He is leading a Global Research Initiative called New Frontiers of Forest Economics (NEFFE).

He is editor-in-chief of a book series, Sustainability, Economics and Natural Resources, published by Springer. The book series aims to integrate the concept of sustainability into forest economics as well as reflect the multi and interdisciplinary nature of economics. Four volumes of this book-series have been published; the first two volumes of the series were co- edited and the fourth volume was edited by Shashi. He has also co-edited Handbook of Forest Resource Economics.

He is Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Forest Research and Journal of Forest Economics. He has guest edited three special volumes of Forest Policy and Economics. He is a member of the selection committee for the Soren Wibe Prize in Forest Economics. He is the Coordinator of IUFRO Research Group on Forest Economics. His extensive CV is available for viewing.


Shashi has most recently been awarded the 2016 Life Science Award from the AI Global Media Ltd, International Publishing Group.

Shashi - with his team - is the recipient of the IMI Team Collaboration Award 2016.

He is also the recipient of many awards: Queen’s Award for Forestry (2008), the Scientific Achievement Award of Canadian Institute of Forestry (2007), the Scientific Achievement Award of the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO) (2005), and the Ontario’s Premier Research Excellence Award (2004) for his research. He has also received  International Students Excellence Award, City of Toronto, (2012).   


Shashi's Orientation 2015 Opening Remarks - that welcomed the MScSM Program Class of 2017 - are available for download.

Shashi's Orientation 2016 Opening Remarks - that welcomed the MScSM Program Class of 2018 - are available for download.

Shashi has presented many times at scientific meetings and seminars and conducted workshops all over the world on Sustainable Forest Management, Evolving Paradigms of Forest Management, Natural Resource Conservation, and many related topics